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Young Side! Tottenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face Liverpool

Following two successive goalless draws against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League and Bournemouth in the Premier League, Spurs make the trip to Anfield to face Liverpool in round four of the EFL Cup. 

In terms of team news, Toby Alderweireld is expected to remain sidelined following his knee injury away at West Brom and Harry Kane is making good progress recovering from his ankle injury, but he will not be fit for the trip to Anfield. Mauricio Pochettino has already hinted that he will field a weakened side in the EFL Cup, and in light of that, here is our Spurs predicted line-up.

GK: Michel Vorm

Hugo Lloris has been in outstanding form in recent matches, but Michel Vorm is likely to get some game time. When the Frenchman was injured, Vorm was immense, and I expect him to be as solid as ever should he start.

RB: Kieran Trippier

The right-back put in a good performance against Leverkusen last night and has evidently learned a lot from Kyle Walker in recent months. I expect him to start and pose a threat here.

CB: Cameron Carter-Vickers

The youngster played against Gillingham last month in the EFL Cup and played very well and may well be given another run out here, but expect him to be stretched to maximum capacity against a quick and clinical Liverpool attack.

CB: Kevin Wimmer

Wimmer’s comments about gametime may not have gone down well with Mauricio Pochettino, but I think he will start here alongside Carter-Vickers in the heart of the defence.

LB: Ben Davies

The Welshman has made a strong start to the season, and has played well when filling in for Danny Rose, and I think he is in line to start here against Liverpool.

CDM: Harry Winks

In my opinion was in contention for Man of the Match in the last round against Gillingham, I though he played fantastically. He has made a few substitute appearances since but I think he will play from the start here.

CM: Christian Eriksen

With Pochettino saying that he trusts Winks to play in the holding role by himself, Eriksen could play in a central role, in a 4-3-3 formation perhaps.

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Player Ratings: CSKA Moscow 0-1 Spurs – Son Shines Again

After losing the opening group game against Monaco, Spurs recovered well to go and win 1-0 at CSKA Moscow courtesy of another Heung-min Son strike with just under twenty minutes remaining. 

It was the South-Korean’s fifth goal in all competitions this season in a big win in Moscow, and here are the Spurs player ratings.

Hugo Lloris- 7

In the grand scheme of things, Lloris didn’t have too much to do in all honesty, but what he did have to do, he did well and kept a clean sheet with a good couple of saves.

Kieran Trippier- 7

Came in for Kyle Walker, and performed very well, he constantly looked to get down the right-hand side and cause problems, and did exactly that, getting a few good crosses into the box.

Toby Alderweireld- 7

Him and Vertonghen had their hands full all evening, having to deal with the physical presence of Lacina Traore, and they kept the striker fairly quiet, with Alderweireld making a crucial tackle in the first half.

Jan Vertonghen- 7

Also did very well in keeping Traore quiet, and seemed to be man-marking him in the first period, the Belgian won a few crucial duels in a good performance.

Ben Davies- 7

With Danny Rose still out with that hamstring injury, Ben Davies still continues to provide excellent cover. Another solid performance from the Welshman.

Victor Wanyama- 6

Made a few strong tackles, and survived after picking up an early yellow card. However, the Kenyan gave the ball away too many times in the midfield for my liking.

Dele Alli- 7

Played in a deeper role, but when we had the ball, he looked to be just as much of an attacking presence as the front four, and did that very well. Was unlucky to see his first half effort crash off the crossbar.

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Alli Plays Deeper! Tottenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face CSKA Moscow

Having lost their opening group stage game of the Champions League, Spurs travel to Russia in desperate need of three points to get their Champions League campaign up and running following that bitterly disappointing defeat against Monaco just a couple of weeks ago.

Spurs will be without Mousa Dembele, Eric Dier and Danny Rose in Moscow, who are still recovering from injuries. Moussa Sissoko joins them on the injury table, with Mauricio Pochettino not ruling out the possibility of concussion affecting the Frenchman. Harry Kane however remains the only long-term absentee. Here is the Spurs predicted line-up.

GK: Hugo Lloris

Having played well since returning from injury, I expect Hugo to keep his place in the starting eleven in Russia.

RB: Kyle Walker

Has provided a huge threat over the past few weeks going down that right-hand side, and will be desperate to terrorise the left-back of Moscow on Tuesday night.

CB: Toby Alderweireld

In my opinion, the Belgian has been our most consistent player over the course of the season, and is probably one of the first players on the team-sheet at the moment.

CB: Jan Vertonghen

The 29-year-old has worked well with Alderweireld at the heart of the Spurs defence that has conceded just three goals in the Premier League this season.

LB: Ben Davies

Has provided first-class cover for Danny Rose, who has been ruled out with a hamstring injury since the international break, and I expect the Welshman to put in another solid performance here.

CDM: Dele Alli

With Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele and Moussa Sissoko all out through injury, Dele Alli could be asked to play a deeper role alongside Victor Wanyama. We saw him play in this position against Monaco a couple of weeks ago, and he looked solid. For me, he provides more of a threat playing further forward, but the youngster can still do an excellent job from the deeper role.

CDM: Victor Wanyama

The Kenyan has made a solid start to life at White Hart Lane, and is in line to start again here. He has shown his strengths in breaking up the play in recent weeks, and he will certainly be the more ‘defensive’ of our two CDMs on Tuesday night.

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Lamela Starts! Tottenham Teams News And Predcited Line-Up To Face Middlesbrough

Off the back of two straight home wins in all competitions, Spurs make the trip to Middlesbrough with good confidence, but will be without Harry Kane for the trip up north.

Pochettino also revealed that he will make last minute calls on the fitness of Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele and Danny Rose. Here is the Spurs predicted line-up to face Middlesbrough.

GK: Hugo Lloris

Michel Vorm was given a run-out in the midweek cup win against Gillingham, but our French stopper should return to start between the sticks here.

RB: Kyle Walker

Walker has been a huge threat to other sides and has played outstandingly this season, and having signed a more than deserved new contract on Friday, I expect him to start at Middlesbrough.

CB: Toby Alderweireld

The Belgian has been arguably our most consistent player this season, and showed his threat from corners yet again last week against Sunderland, and after being rested on Wednesday, he should reclaim his starting spot here.

CB: Jan Vertonghen

Covered the left-back position well in the absense of Danny Rose and Ben Davies from the starting eleven, but I expect him to return to his usual centre-back position on Saturday.

LB: Ben Davies

With Pochettino making a last-minute desicion on the match-fitness of Danny Rose, Ben Davies could well start again here, with the Champions League match away at CSKA Moscow in the back of the manager’s mind.

CDM: Victor Wanyama

As I have mentioned before, a late decision on whether Danny Rose will play or not will be made, and the same goes for Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele. So it might be best not to risk the two in midfield and start Wanyama, who has looked solid in the last couple of games.

CDM: Moussa Sissoko

The Frenchman looked off the pace against Sunderland last week, putting in an under-par performance. We obviously must allow our £30m man time to settle in, so we must not be too harsh. Due to the potential absence of Dier and Dembele, Sissoko could well drop back into defensive midfield for the trip to Middlesbrough.

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Player Ratings: Spurs 5-0 Gillingham – Winks & Eriksen Excel

Pochettino named a side to face Gillingham with eleven changes, but Spurs made light work of their League One opposition, putting five past Justin Edinburgh’s side on the manager’s return to White Hart Lane. 

A double from Christian Eriksen and goals from Vincent Janssen, Josh Onomah and Erik Lamela saw Spurs easily into the fourth round, where they will face Liverpool at Anfield. Here are the Spurs player ratings.

Michel Vorm- 7

Hard to rate the Dutch stopper any higher or lower to be honest. Gillingham only took six shots throughout the whole game and none of which were on target, a poor night for them in front of goal.

Kieran Trippier- 7

Looked solid defensively, dealing with anything that came his way with composure. Also posed a threat going forward too, winning the penalty for Janssen’s first goal in a Spurs shirt.

Kevin Wimmer- 7

Didn’t have too much to deal with for the whole game, but looked good on the ball when building from the back. A good display.

Cameron Carter-Vickers- 7

A strong debut for Carter-Vicker, who hardly put a foot wrong. Looks like a man Pochettino can call upon when needed.

Ben Davies- 7

Aimed to bomb forward a little more than in previous games, and looked dangerous, put didn’t quite produce the final ball or shot to finish.

Tom Carroll- 6

Had a solid game, but that’s all I can really say about Carroll. Quietly went about his business, but wasn’t quite good enough going forward.

Harry Winks- 8

Played really well alongside Carroll in the middle of the park. He carried the ball forward with purpose and confidence. Another viable option for Pochettino should injuries get the better of the likes of Dier, Dembele or Wanyama. An excellent game from Winks

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Rotations Galore! Tottenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face Gillingham

Spurs make their return to the re-branded EFL Cup on Wednesday with an opening third round tie against League One Gillingham. The Gills caused a second round shock knocking out Watford, so Spurs should by no means underestimate the lower-league opposition. 

Pochettino is likely to make use of this game to make plenty of changes and use the full depth of his squad. Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele will miss out with knocks while Harry Kane’s ankle injury will keep him on the sidelines. Danny Rose will miss out again. Here is our Spurs predicted line-up to face Gillingham.

GK: Michel Vorm

Lloris has resumed is position at first choice goalkeeper following his spell out as a result of a knock picked up at Everton, but Vorm provided first class backup and I expect him to start here.

RB: Kieran Trippier

Kyle Walker has played three games in the space of nine days and it is more than likely that Trippier will step forward to play here. The former Burnley full-back has always played well when called upon, and is likely to do the same here.

CB: Toby Alderweireld

Toby has been our most consistent performer, and will probably play again here, it all depends if Pochettino feels Cameron Carter-Vickers is ready to play or not, but for me, the Belgian will start here.

CB: Kevin Wimmer

The Austrian is likely to be given his chance along the back line on Wednesday night in what would be his first competitive start of the season since signing a new contract with the club.

LB: Ben Davies

With Danny Rose still expected not to feature with injury, Davies could well feature here after Jan Vertonghen took his place on Sunday afternoon.

CDM: Victor Wanyama

With Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele both hobbling off injured in the win over Sunderland on Sunday, Victor Wanyama could be guaranteed a starting place with the defensive midfield duo both set to be out of action for this EFL Cup fixture.

CDM: Tom Carroll

With Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb both leaving the club, either temporarily or permanently over the summer transfer window, Tom Carroll has signed a new deal and has moved up the squad pecking order as a result, and he should start here.

RAM: Erik Lamela

The Argentine would have been disappointed to be left out of the starting line-up to face Sunderland at the weekend, and will be keen to make an impression on Pochettino to rival Moussa Sissoko with starting spots up for grabs over the next few weeks.

CAM: Christian Eriksen

Like Lamela, Eriksen was left out of the starting eleven on Sunday, with an in-form Son Heung-min preventing him from occupying the left flank. It looks unlikely that the Dane will beat the Korean to a starting spot in the next couple of weeks, but he could challenge Dele Alli in the number ten role. Either way, a good performance here will do him no harm at all.

LAM: Josh Onomah

Pochettino is likely to see the game against Gillingham as I have mentioned as an excellent chance for rotation, and this could see Josh Onomah make his first start of the season. The youngster has featured at various times for Spurs, and it will be interesting to see if he has made any progress over the summer.

ST: Vincent Janssen

Harry Kane was stretchered off on Sunday, so Janssen is more than likely to be the man to lead the line for Spurs over the next couple of months. I expect him to make his second start of the season and it would be good to see him bag his first goal in a Spurs shirt.

Player Ratings: Spurs 1-0 Sunderland – Do You Agree?

Spurs managed to turn a dominant attacking display into a 1-0 victory to return to winning ways after that disappointing Champions League loss at Wembley against Monaco. 

Harry Kane scored the winner as he scored his second goal in two league games as he, Mousa Dembele and Eric Dier came off injured in the win at White Hart Lane. Here are our Spurs player ratings.

Hugo Lloris- 6

Had very little to do throughout the whole game in a dominant Spurs display, another clean sheet for the Frenchman.

Kyle Walker- 7

Looked a threat going down the right-hand side again, but I think the Wembley pitch suits him better with more space to run into. An excellent clearance off the line just before half-time that kept the scores level.

Eric Dier- 6

Slotted in well at centre-back away from his usual role as a defensive midfielder. Like all others in the back four, had very little to do and had a good game until he hobbled off in the second half.

Toby Alderweireld- 6

A real threat from corners once again and is proving to be a nightmare to mark on corners, another good display yet again from our most consistent performer.

Jan Vertonghen- 6

Ben Davies was left out of side yesterday with Pochettino not too keen on the Welshman played three games in just over a week, and I felt Vertonghen looked solid on the left but inevitably didn’t provide as much threat going forward.

Mousa Dembele- 7

His first start this season following the expiration of his contract, and yet again looked amazing bossing the midfield, breaking up play like he usually does so well and was a shame to see him limp off.

Victor Wanyama- 6

Had a fairly quiet game, he looked to get forward a lot more often than we would usually see him get forward such was the attacking dominance of our performance. A solid display, but I am sure there will be more to come from Wanyama.

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UCL Player Ratings: Tottenham 1-2 Monaco

In front of a record crowd at Wembley, Spurs were unable to recover from a slow, sluggish start that saw then 0-2 down in just over 30 minutes. Despite Toby Alderweireld pulling a goal back for Spurs just before half-time, goals from Bernado Silva and Thomas Lemar were enough for Monaco to get their Champions League campaign off to a winning start. Here are the Spurs player ratings. 

Hugo Lloris- 5

Apart from the two goals, the Frenchman didn’t really have too much to do at all. I thought he was unlucky with the two goals, especially the first, nothing he could do about the strike from Bernado Silva

Kyle Walker- 6

Looked a threat going forward for a large portion of the night, bombing down that right-hand side as he so often does well. However, I feel his final ball or cross could have been better at times.

Toby Alderwireld- 5

Was solid enough, but despite the well-taken goal, not quite up to his usual standards to be honest. He gave the ball away in the second half when under no pressure at all with a poor touch, fortunately the resulting attack came to nothing worth mentioning.

Jan Vertonghen- 5

Really shouldn’t have backed off Bernado Silva and let him run as he did, if he defends a little more aggressively in that sitiatuion and puts a foot in then Wednesday evening might have been a different story altogether.

Ben Davies- 5

Would certainly like to see Davies become more of an attacking threat and be a little more like Danny Rose, but defensively I think his performance was just about good enough.

Eric Dier- 5

Didn’t really look himself on Wedensday night under the Wembley lights, but after a dodgy and nervy first half performance, the defensive midfielder picked his game up a but in the second period before he was replaced by Moussa Sissoko.

Dele Alli- 6

Alli was deployed in a deeper role than usual in the first half, and the substitution of Son for Dembele at the break allowed him to push forward in the second half. He worked hard in the deeper role and you cannot fault his work rate, but I feel the youngster is at his best playing just behind the striker.

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Tottenham’s 3 Best Performers In Stoke City Thrashing

Tottenham moved into the top 4 and maintained their unbeaten to the season with a scintillating 4-0 win away to Stoke, a trip that usually causes problems for teams, no matter how talented. Pochettino had been experimenting with his line up so far this season and although perhaps aided by some poor Stoke City defending, Spurs finally clicked into top gear on Saturday. Here are our top 3 performers from the game.

1 – Son Heung-min

Who else? Son, who was almost sold by Tottenham this summer, was given a chance ahead of Erik Lamela, who had started the season impressively. Son took his performance to the next level though, showing what a goal threat he is by scoring a brace and he also notched up an assist. The 24-year-old has bags of potential and hopefully with the added amount of games, the South Korean will get the minutes he needs to grow and realise his potential. He made 3 key passes, and although he was dispossessed 4 times, Son was successful with 81.6% of his passes. It would be great to see more performances like this from Son, as when we signed him we all knew about his potential, but he has so far, only shown flashes of his best. His performance against Stoke was surely his best performance in a Tottenham shirt to date. Hopefully there is more to come from him.

Player Ratings: Spurs 2-1 Anderlecht

It wasn’t exactly a pretty victory, but we very rarely win well in the Europa League, but a 2-1 win gives the boys a good boost ahead of the always important North London Derby this coming Sunday.

Let’s talk about the player ratings, shall we?

Hugo Lloris: 7

A solid performance once more from the Frenchman, who is looking so good between the sticks as of late. Rarely troubled in this game except for the goal, but there was hardly anything Hugo could have done to stop it.

Kieran Tripper: 6

Again, a solid performance, which wasn’t entirely spectacular. Most of the team tonight just put in a good shift, and at the end of the day, these lads got the victory for us to send us top of the group.

Toby Alderweireld: 7

I said it the other day, but what a signing this boy is turning into! Every time he steps onto the pitch, he just oozes class, and his partnership with Jan Vertonghen is looking like one of the best in the Premier League. I’m sure Jermaine Jenas agrees me.

Jan Vertonghen: 7

I would love to comment more, but if you want to know how Super Jan played, see Toby Alderweireld.

Ben Davies: 7

A solid performance yet again from the Welshman, who played well, with one exception. If only he was alert on the Anderlecht goal, Ezekiel wouldn’t have snuck in around the back. With that one exception, Davies had a good game, but he will probably be back on the bench for Sunday.

Eric Dier: 6

Quiet is the word I’d use to describe Dier this evening. Not in a bad sense, but he just didn’t really do anything of note. We all know of the big news about Dier, so congratulations on a well deserved call up to the England squad.

Dele Alli: 6

Sloppy passes were littered all out for the Milton Keynes boy, but at 19, I think you can allow games like this, especially considering how good he has started his Tottenham career.

Erik Lamela: 6

He could have had a much better game and rating, but Lamela didn’t really connect with the flow this evening. I think he changed boots twice, but that didn’t work, and after having a decent looking penalty shout turned down, Lamela looked down and out.

Christian Eriksen: 6

A quiet game from the Great Dane by his standards. Not much to discuss for this one, except for the fact he subbed off early to give him some rest ahead of the North London Derby.

Ryan Mason: 6

Again, not much to talk about except that his return to fitness has put him back in contention for a spot against Arsenal this Sunday.

Harry Kane: 8

Scoring once more can only mean good things for Tottenham. If there was ever a time for Kane to come back to form, it would be before our three toughest games so far of the season. If we can feed Kane like we did against Bournemouth, then we could see the return of the HurriKane.

Subs:

Mousa Dembele: 8

My Man of the Match for this game, as his impact on the game, as well as the goal, won this match for Spurs. His thunderbolt was an absolute dream to see fly into the top corner, and if we can keep Dembele going in this vain of form, we could be finally seeing the complete attacking midfielder we all know he has the potential to be.

Josh Onomah: N/A

Heung Min Son: N/A